I do like to see the red carpet gowns, however.
Here is a gallery of the “best.” Are these women enjoying themselves, I wonder!? How long did they spend getting ready? How much is the dress worth, and do they rent them or own them?
Is this phoniness at its most glamorous, or glamour at its phoniest, paraded before a bemused audience of fashion victims and the fashion challenged?
The news after the event in also interesting.
Backstage commentary included some hard remarks about the anti-gay protests outside the hotel that then reverberated around the Internet Monday.
Canadian actor Christopher Plummer, who had just won best supporting actor for his role as a gay man coming out in his seventies in Beginners, told the assembled press that, “Gay characters are human beings. We are all exactly the same, and the reason I played it the way I did was because you don’t go around pretending to mince and to be a caricature of a gay. Gays are part of our society and have been since the Egyptians, the Greeks; it is part of the human condition. I know there’s an awful lot of anti-gay feeling right now, particularly at this moment, and I abhor it.”
Meanwhile an article in to-day’s Spectator reports the reaction to pending government legislation to reduce bullying and promote understanding… of all groups… in our communities.
Don’t expect to find any gay-straight alliances in the city’s Catholic schools — at least, not any groups that go by that name.
“We commend any initiatives and efforts to reduce bullying,” said Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board chair Pat Daly. “But would we have clubs in our schools called ‘gay-straight alliances?’ No.”
I feel so sorry for the young people who are at best ignored, at worst harrassed. All the schools owe them more dignity and support. And we need more people like Christopher Plummer to use their celebrity and access to the press to speak out on their behalf.